Spring at Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm

Children seated with a cow on display

Kids learn about how hamburgers are made on a class field trip to Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm. Photo Courtesy of Nikki Conley Photography

Edited and compiled by Christie Spurlock

Wheatland, CA (MPG) – Spring is almost here at Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm! From April 29th to May 20th, Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm will be open for two special events.

The Hamburger Farm

Did you know that everything in your favorite hamburger comes from the farm? This special educational program provides a guided tour of a farm that grows all the crops needed for a hamburger.

The farm will provide you with the perfect spring field trip, combining equal parts of learning and fun. Spring field trips to The Hamburger Farm have drawn rave reviews from educators since its first season in 2001.

“My parents, Ann and Wayne, started the Hamburger Farm in 2001 with the main purpose of educating kids about where food comes from and about California agriculture,” said Meghan Bishop, event manager at Bishop’s. “That first year, we had 1,000 kids tour the Hamburger Farm. This year we are expecting to get about 10,000 students during our three week season. We get schools from all over the area, in the past we have even gotten schools from as far away as Galt and Vacaville.”

Hands-on activities include grinding wheat into flour, digging potatoes and slicing them into French fries, and milking a cow to get milk for cheese. “We do our best to provide hands on opportunities and the kids really enjoy that; it’s a great take home memory for them,” said Bishop. In addition to information on each crop, discussion topics will include: good and bad insects, the busy life of bees, the scoop on composting, and amounts of water needed to grow a hamburger.

Kids can ride on the Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm Railroad to and from the Hamburger Farm site. Also included is a self-guided tour of Weeland petting zoo and the farm animals that live there. At the end of all that, everyone gets a nutritious hamburger picnic that meets school lunch requirements. “We have noticed that the students who get their tour before lunch time often add all of the vegetables that they have learned about to their burger,” said Bishop.

Reservations for your class field trip are a must and may be scheduled anytime. Teachers can make a reservation online or call (530) 633-2568 for more details. Tours can normally be scheduled to start between 9:15 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Scheduled activities last about 2 ½ hours. Cost is $12 per person for all members of your group, with a group minimum of 15 people. One teacher and one other adult per scheduled class and siblings under two are free. Payment must be made upon check-in in the form of a check or school purchase order. Space is very limited, so be sure to book in advance. School tours and field trips have to see this special demonstration to believe it!

The Bakery and Gift Shop

The bakery and gift shop will be open from April 29th to May 20th on Tuesday-Friday of each week. There will be a special spring bakery menu. “Everything in our bakery is made from scratch right here on our farm,” said Meghan Bishop. “We have a fantastic baking staff, run by my sister-in-law Chelsie, which comes in every day in the wee hours of the morning to bake all of our goodies. My favorite treat is the chocolate chip scone, it’s delicious.”

The bakery is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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